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No second meeting on pallet shelters in Lower Sackville

By Caitlin Snow Mar 12, 2024 | 12:15 PM

The 19 pallet shelters in the parking lot of the Beacon House in Lower Sackville are starting to fill up.

However, according to the Shelter’s Facebook page, there will not be a second public meeting on any concerns residents may have regarding community safety.

Instead, they will provide facts about their operation on their website and social media as well as provide an email address for any questions.

Over 170 residents were at last month’s public meeting at the Kinsmen Community Centre, and many were very worried about the pallets, particularly how close they are to the local junior high school and other play areas.

The place was packed with a line up out the door.

Jim Gunn, from Beacon House, told our newsroom a second meeting was planned at the time to ‘constructively address’ and ease the level of concerns from residents.

Now the shelter says, communicating online would be more effective.

Beach House says to ensure safety, housing support staff are not only carefully selecting Pallet guests, three staff are on duty 24/7 with a security guard on patrol, day and night.

Residents have formed a petition on the matter to demand more communication, which now has more than 1,200 signatures.

HRM ordered evictions from five designated tent encampments last month, including the ballfield on Cobequid Rd.